Saturday, August 29, 2015

Day Tripping in Venice (California that is)

Last week I spent a wonderful day exploring the west side of town. My friend Sherri took me on an adventure in Venice, California. 

 Walking through the eclectic bohemian Venice neighborhood provides lots of visual treats as well. 

We begin our morning starting with a fun shopping experience at "The Mart Collective" at 1600 Lincoln Blvd., Venice California.

 So much fun memorabilia. 

 Sherri had a special place picked out for our lunch.  I loved it. It was a restaurant on Rose Avenue called, 
"Cafe Gratitude"

 Beautiful patio dining as well as   lovely interior seating

 I loved all the thoughtful interior design. Check out the tile in the bathroom. I love it!

 Everything here is designed  to make the patrons feel blessed and grateful including the menu which is 100% organic and plant based.

 Food items are named with positive adjectives such as "flourishing",  "Adventurous","dynamic"

 Signage throughout the cafe reminds you to be in a blissful, appreciative state

Such a lovely, peaceful and positive place to dine.

This delicious bruschetta with heirloom tomatoes was called "Present"

 I am also reminded that I am always grateful for desserts! Sherri and I shared two decadent wonderful treats.

 Chocolate brownie delight
Fresh fruit compote

A special thank you to my dear friend Sherri!  What a fun adventure in Venice!

Friday, August 28, 2015

How Three Cool Women Handle a Hot Day in Southern California

Yesterday August 27th I was finally able to get together with my dear friends Lynda and Jo to celebrate their retirements from teaching.

 We had a lot of fun despite the 100 degree heat wave that was taking over southern California.  This is how we kept cool:

 First we headed south to lovely Newport Beach.  Once here we headed to the wonderful restaurant "True Food Kitchen" at Fashion Island

 The cool interior was welcoming and refreshing...

 Lunch was revitalizing and soon we were off to the beautiful nearby nursery, Roger's Gardens.

Still HOT outside

 First stop the beautiful gift store at Roger's.

 We loved this amazing archway made of books.  So many fun things to look at here, including the holiday items. Yes, Halloween and Christmas have arrived at Roger's Gardens.

 Time to face the heat...the garden is calling 

 Time to leave Roger's and head north to Long Beach on PCH.
First a quick stop to Starbucks to hydrate with some iced drinks...

 Onto to Belmont Shore...

We are headed to Nick's on 2nd Street where some drinks have our names on them!

 Cheers to you Jo and Lynda!  

  May you find joy and daily new adventures  in all the years to come.  (Call me I will be happy to make fun mischief with you both).   

Happy Retirement to two great friends!

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